»Leben im Denkmal / Living in a Monument«
A double exhibition by Bettina Cohnen & THE LINK for the Triennale der Moderne 2022, curated by Hendrik Bohle & Jan Dimog.
Berlin. Germany. Beautiful and good living: that was one of the central themes of the planners and architects of the Hansaviertel for Interbau 57 and the first and second construction phase of Karl-Marx-Allee. The double exhibition »Leben im Denkmal / Living in a Monument« takes this as the basis for the question “How is it to live and work in monuments of modernism today?”, produced and curated by THE LINK.
What makes living in the Hansaviertel neighbourhood or in Karl Marx Allee so special? Why are both areas representative of once-divided, now-united Berlin?
For photographer Bettina Cohnen, these questions serve as the foundation of her portraits of the residents and their flats. She looks beyond the pure image. »Leben im Denkmal / Living in a Monument« combines architectural exchange with a cross-district requirement: We show portraits from the Hansaviertel in the Haus des Lehrers (Teachers’ House) on Alexanderplatz, while in turn, people photographed in Karl Marx Allee are presented in the Hansabibliothek.
Monuments and people in both East and West are interwoven. The double exhibition is part of the program of the 2022 Triennale of Modernism, the nationwide architectural festival dedicated to visions of German architectural modernism.
Saturday, Nov 12, 2022, 1 pm @ Hansabibliothek
Welcome by the artist and the curators, followed by a guided tour through the Hansaviertel with Carsten Bauer. Duration: approx. 3 hours. Held in German.
Sunday, Nov 13, 2022, 11 am @ Haus des Lehrers
Welcome by the artist and the curators, followed by a tour of the KMA 1 construction phase (between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor) with Achim Bahr, or the KMA 2 construction phase (between Strausberger Platz and Alexanderplatz) with Claudia Nier along Karl-Marx-Allee. Duration: approx. 3 hours. Held in German.
Friday, Nov 25, 2022 , from 6 pm @ Hansabibliothek
In cooperation with Stalinbauten e.V., Neighborhood Council KMA II e.V. and interbau e.V..
Due to a limited number of participants, we ask that you register for the events (guided tours and/or finissage) by November 10th, 2022:
Haus des Lehrers: Oct 4 — Dec 2, 2022
Hansabibliothek: Oct 4 — Nov 26, 2022
Opening Receptions: Saturday, Oct 1, 6 pm @ Haus des Lehrers & Sunday, Oct 2, 2 pm @ Hansabibliothek
+ Framework program: please see above
@ Haus des Lehrers + Hansabibliothek Berlin
Venue A: Haus des Lehrers · Alexanderstr. 9, 10178 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 8 am – 6 pm
Venue B: Hansabibliothek · Altonaer Str. 15 · 10557 Berlin
[District: Hansaviertel | Borough: Mitte]
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 1:30 pm – 7.30 pm, Tue – Thu 12 pm – 6 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am – 4 pm
Admission free (at both venues)
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